An advertisement for Mini-Circuits' DIY Vector Network Analyzer Kit appeared in the October issue of Microwaves & RF magazine. It is evidently the first of a planned series of University Projects. Billed as an attempt to "Bridge the gap between textbook theory and real-world measurement," Project No. 1-UVNA-63 targets college laboratories as low-cost means of procuring a high performance vector network analyzer (VNA) at a reasonable cost ($2,495.00). The frequency range is 100 MHz to 6 GHz.
Having the student build the 1-UVNA-63 provides a familiarity with a block diagram level understanding of 2-port VNAs and gives hands-on experience with assembling RF components. Included are filters, directional couplers, a transceiver PCB (made by Vayyar), software, cables, a calibration kit, attenuators, an SMA wrench, and miscellaneous components.
About Mini-Circuits and Vayyar
Mini-Circuits is a global leader in the design, manufacturing and distribution of RF, IF, and microwave components and integrated modules covering the DC to 65 GHz band. With over 25 different product lines and over 10,000 active models, rapid response, demanding quality standards, value pricing, on-time delivery, and top-notch customer service have helped make Mini-Circuits the world’s preferred supplier of RF and microwave products for over 50 years.
Founded in 2011, Vayyar started with the vision to develop a new modality for breast cancer detection by using RF to quickly and affordably look into human tissue to detect malignant growths. As the technology matured and evolved, Vayyar leveraged it to develop a unique System-on-Chip (SOC) to open up new capabilities and widen its original application scope to additional markets including robotics, smart home, retail and testing.
Over a simple dinner meal, these two companies realized that there was a gap in the RF industry in how new engineers were linking the knowledge they learn in the classroom to the sophisticated equipment they were using in their respective careers. Combining Mini-Circuits components and the Vayyar SOC, a powerful learning tool could be created to teach new and practicing engineers the challenges and wonders of the RF world.
Posted November 1, 2018
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